I participated in a Skype book club meeting this week with some girls at the Anglican Girls Grammar School in Abuja, Nigeria. Their teacher Samuel Eshiet and I have connected through the Microsoft Expert Educator community. This year we sent them some boxes of books and the girls wanted to talk to me about them.
We had a great discussion about Dan Gemeinhart's book Scar Island, as well as Artemus Fowl, Amber Brown and others. It was very clear that the girls enjoyed reading fantasy genre books!
As I was sitting outside, I walked around in my back yard and showed them what it looks like in Washington. People are always amazed by huge trees and lush green landscapes.
At the end of our call, the girls attempted to teach me how to count to ten in one of the Nigerian languages - Igbo.
According to Wikipedia, "The Igbo people are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. Geographically, the Igbo homeland is divided into two unequal sections by the Niger River – an eastern and a western section. The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa." The website, Igbo Guide explains more about the culture and customs. I tried my best, but I know I butchered the pronunciation of all the numbers! Here is a short video of my tutorial.
I am Julie Hembree, a teacher librarian in the greater Seattle area. I am passionate about providing children in need with quality reading resources. The opinions expressed in this Blog are strictly those of Julie Hembree and its contributors. They do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of any other entity.